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Japan at a Glance
Wolves have officially been extinct in Japan since 1905, but there are grassroots efforts under way to reintroduce them.
The Japan Wolf Association is an active organization. Their website can be found here.
Past Species Information
Common Name: gray wolf
Latin Name: Canis lupus
Latin Name: Canis lupus hodophilax
Latin Name: Canis lupus hattai
Research and additional information
- Narumi Nambu presented with Who Speaks for Wolf Award at International Wolf Symposium
- Could the reintroduction of wolves help save Japan’s forests?
- How do you convince 125 million people (in Japan) to embrace wolves?
- On the extinction of the Japanese wolf
- Japanese wolves are genetically divided into two groups based on an 8-nucleotide insertion/deletion within the mtDNA control region
- Mitochondrial DNA analysis of the Japanese Wolf and Comparison with Representative Wolf and Domestic Dog Haplotypes
- Osteological and Genetic Analysis of the Extinct Ezo Wolf from Hokkaido Island, Japan